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  1. Enter a Twitter Link on Your Website Page so it would be easier to share this great site!

    I find most of the time if you just enter a URL in a tweet it doesn't show in the stream. It would be so much easier for people to share your website if you had a twitter share button built right into your website page!

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      • identify the speaker on vote pages

        Given that "didn't vote" means something different for the member in the Speaker's chair I think it would be useful to identify that on the vote pages.

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          • Add section for bills that recently came into effect

            It would be useful if you could add a new section on the Bills page for those that have recently come into effect. Thanks for your great work!

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              • Provide info graphic ( e.g. pie chart ) re. how whipped the particular MP is

                I can try to look through every vote that my MP has participated in & compare it to the party vote, but that takes a lot of time. It would be great to have a little pie chart with slices like “voted with party”, “voted against party”, “abstained”.

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                • Provide a diff of the acts changed by a bill

                  It would be awesome to see the changes a bill makes in some type of online interface. Something like it commonly done for code.

                  Eg: http://markdotto.com/uploads/2014/09/github-split-diffs-v1.png

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                  • make written questions on the order paper more accessible

                    MPs use oral questions (aka Question Period) to raise questions to the government, but as we know, there are time limits to both the question and response time. MPs also take advantage of submitting up to four written questions on the order paper that the government is required to respond to within 45 days. Often these q's are much more substantive. However, they are hard to find (even in Hansard, they are often just referred to by the question number) - and when answers are tabled, the response (and supporting data) isn't always accessible to the public! Step one would…

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                      I absolutely agree that making written questions more accessible would be great, though I don’t really see the benefit of highlighting questions until the answers are available. I haven’t done any research or activism around making these answers more public; if you or anyone reading this would like to research the situation a bit more, and see what might be possible in terms of getting the answers, that’d be great.

                    • List different search filters available.

                      I can't seem to find a full list of the available search filters (ie: text:)

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                      • Adjust postal code search with changes in the latest boundary adjustments (2011)

                        I am in an area where I am impacted by the adjustments of 2011. When I entered my postal code, I was linked with my previous MP.

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                        • Thank you for all your hard work

                          This is a great website and it is working to get people involved

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                          • Is there any way to link to any Archival footage of the Members of Parliament during Question period?

                            CPAC's archives are just obscenely difficult and frustrating to navigate. And Youtube is near hopeless for Canadian Parliamentary debates.

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                            • Create a poll for website users to vote by riding on each proposed bill

                              This would encourage accountability of MPs. It would inform voters as to whether their MP is listening to them. It would promote a participatory democracy, one in which consensus is built through dialogue.

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                                • Track how members of parliament voted and didn't vote

                                  I believe that people should know how their MP voted and didn't vote so MPs be held accountable for laws that either they supported or didn't support and people can decide on Election Day whatever if their MP gets to keep their job or not.

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                                  • Make use of scraperwiki.com

                                    I imagine it's already on your radar, but wondering what your thoughts are on leveraging this community for your scraping? I'm just starting to look into it myself, so perhaps it doesn't fit, but thought I'd ask :)

                                    I've said it before, but I'll say it again -- LOVE your efforts!!

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                                      When I search Bill C-27, I am getting a feeds for Bill C- (anything). Can you fix the search criteria, so that I get the feeds ONLY for Bill C-27

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                                      • Keep this the same!

                                        No idea really - the site is damn amazing as it is! If I was a programmer, I would offer help., but I am not. I will donate though.

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                                        • An app for mobile devices.

                                          An app for mobile devices is really the best I can describe it. A simple clean and concise app for easy viewing on our favorite MP's shenanigans.

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